Problems with Rights of
If there are problems with
using public rights of way in Dorset these should be reported to Dorset County Council.
Problems on public rights of way can include:
- Damage to stiles, bridges, gates
- Blocked public rights of way:
- fallen branches,
- electric fences, barbed wire,
- overgrown vegetation,
- fields recently ploughed, crops growing
- Livestock in fields crossed by a public
right of way
- aggressive/intimidating livestock
information about potential problems is available from the Dorset Countryside
Rights of Way Team.
The website also includes additional information
about fly-tipping and abandoned vehicles on Public Rights of Way.
There is an online form for reporting problems on rights of way in Dorset:
The exact location of the problem can be reported by
searching either for postcode, town/village or by British National grid
coordinates (e.g. 400215,090165 or 365846, 101568).
The location can also be found by using an interactive map. Having located
the problem on a right of way shown on the interactive map, the problem is
reported using the reporting tool. There is a link to a report form, which
includes information on the details of the problem, your contact details, and,
where available, details of the landowner. Please give as much detail as you
can. Your report will be sent directly to the Rights of Way Department where it
will be prioritised and actioned accordingly. Due to the volume of public rights
of way reports the DCC receives, it is not possible to respond to every report.
In order to make best use of their time, the DCC will not contact you unless
they need more information, or you specifically request that they contact you.
You will need to complete a separate form for each problem
/ right of way.
Alternative method of Reporting Problems
If you have any problems using this form you can also
report problems by contacting Dorset Direct on 01305 221000.
For emergencies, where there is a real and immediate risk
of danger or where a crime has been committed; please contact the Police.
Following up on problems that have been reported
Each problem reported to the DCC is given an identification number in the
form of a code that begins with MNT. You can retrieve information on an existing
problem and track progress of your report using the MNT reference number.
Rights of Way Team
Rights of Way Team
Tel: 01305 221219